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An immaculately kept, family-run hotel boasting great facilities and direct access to Santa Maria’s golden beach, it’s no surprise that Hotel Morabeza continues to be voted the top hotel by our guests.
Our Guest’s Opinion
- Mrs Bergan-Gander
Don’t leave it to the last minute – Hotel Morabeza is very popular and sells out quickly, especially the Executive area.
Perfect location for walking into Santa Maria and trying all the local bars and restaurants.
Bon Appetit board basis provides you with breakfast each day of your stay plus three evening meals included in each 7-night stay. These meals must be taken on set nights and cannot be changed. Booking Bon Appetit also gives you access to free sunloungers on the beach (normally a charge).
An ideal choice for both couples and families alike, not only does Hotel Morabeza boast extensive and colourful well-kept grounds, but is also blessed by an envious position close to the pier along the golden sands of Santa Maria Beach, discover the perks of a beach-view hotel at Hotel Morabeza.
A long bay lapped by turquoise water just steps from the hotel, Hotel Morabeza is the perfect base for beach lovers, and every day you can watch fishermen bring in their catch of the day. Being close to the pier offers a glimpse into Cape Verdean life, where children jump and flip into the ocean, and the locals come to the pier to buy fresh fish for their dinner.
‘Morabeza’, locally translated as ‘hospitality’, describes this hotel perfectly, and it’s constantly reinforced by its glowing reputation and the fact it’s the longest established hotel on the island. A popular pastime for guests is to make good use of the Aquarius beach bar, where you can enjoy a tasty seafood lunch and sip on a refreshing caipirinha cocktail, all whilst soaking up the sunshine and looking out across the bay – what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Plus, for families, there are two good-sized pools and a variety of on-site activities such as mini-golf, archery and tennis – great fun for all ages.
Hotel Morabeza also boasts four restaurants, where you can enjoy a variety of à la carte dining experiences to make your evenings that little bit more special.
The guest rooms at Hotel Morabeza are spacious, and decorated using neutral tones to create a relaxing ambience. This also extends throughout the grounds, so even during peak season you won’t struggle to find yourself a sunlounger to relax on and get lost in your favourite book.
Available exclusively via Cape Verde Experience in the UK, the Executive area is set in an attractive part of the hotel grounds, away from younger guests, only availble to everyone aged 12 years and above. These rooms are of a high standard, located on the Sea Side of the hotel, coupled with a smart, L-shaped terrace where an under 12 child-free pool is situated. Upgrading to these rooms will ensure a relaxing and carefree stay, next to a beautiful golden beach. Find out more about the Executive rooms and suites.
The resort of Santa Maria is the main tourist area on the island, although it’s still a relatively small town with a laid-back vibe. There’s a good selection of bars, shops and restaurants to discover, and all of this is just a five-minute stroll from the hotel, so it’s easy should you wish to spend your evenings trying all manner of international and Cape Verdean cuisine.
We offer a choice of board options for your stay at Morabeza. If you’re looking for an inclusion of some meals, with the flexibility to explore Santa Maria, the Bon Appetit dining is a great option. This includes dinner in the hotel’s Les Palmiers restaurant on the first and last night of your stay, plus a Saturday local themed barbecue buffet each week. This leaves you free to stroll into Santa Maria to try the excellent bars and restaurants on your doorstep on the other evenings.
Official local hotel rating: 4 star
Please note: There's a local charge for beach loungers if you're staying on B&B.
Double Land View Room
Sleeps up to 2
A 20m² double room (twin beds can be requested), with balcony or terrace. These standard rooms sleep up to 2 adults + 1 infant.
Double Sea Side Room
20m² rooms, with balcony or terrace. These standard rooms sleep up to 2 people + 1 infant and are situated on the sea side of the hotel. Please note twin beds can be requested.
Junior Suite Land View (JSC)
Sleeps up to 3
A 33m² suite with living room, balcony or terrace and extra beds or sofa bed. Please note there's no separation between the bedroom and living room. Sleeps 2 adults + 1 child or 3 adults.
Executive Sea Side Room
Minimum child age: 2
30m² rooms with balcony or terrace, located around the Executive swimming pool and situated in the Executive area on the sea side of the hotel. Please note twin beds can be requested. Sleeps 2 adults only, no infants. The Executive rooms and pool are for adults only (age 12+)
Cape Verde Experience has UK exclusivity on Executive rooms and suites.
Junior Suite Land View Renovated (JSB)
A 36m² renovated suite with living room, balcony or terrace and extra beds or sofa bed. Please note there's no separation between the bedroom and living room. Sleeps 2 adults + 1 child or 3 adults.
Junior Suite Sea Side (JSA)
A 36m² renovated suite with adjoining living room, extra bed or sofa bed and a balcony or terrace. Please note there's no separation between the bedroom and living room. Situated on the sea side of the hotel. Sleeps 2 adults + 1 child or 3 adults.
Cape Verde Experience has UK exclusivity on the Junior Suite Sea Side rooms.
Executive Suite Sea Side
A large 80m² comfortable suite with spacious bedroom and living room, large bathroom and separate shower and dressing room. Situated in the Executive area, on the sea side of the hotel, with 2 private balconies and on the first floor. Sleeps 2 adults only, no infants. Please note that there are only 2 of these rooms. The Executive rooms and pool are for adults only (age 12+)
The Cape Verde Experience has UK exclusivity on Executive rooms and suites.
Family Suite Land View (FAS C)
Sleeps up to 5 (4 adults)
A 44m² suite, two bedrooms, living room with balcony or terrace. Sleeps 2 adults + 3 children or 4 adults.
Family Suite Land View Renovated (FAS B)
A 65m² renovated suite with two bedrooms, living room and balcony or terrace. Sleeps 2 adults + 3 children or 4 adults.
Family Suite Sea Side (FAS A)
A 65m² renovated suite with two bedrooms, living room, situated on the sea side of the hotel, with balcony. Sleeps 2 adults + 3 children or 4 adults. Please note there is only one of this room type.
Master Suite Sea Side
A 50m² comfortable suite with a corner sitting area, with balcony or terrace. Situated on the sea side of the hotel. Sleeps up to 2 adults + 1 child.
Duplex Sea Side Room
A 50m² suite set across two floors, large bedroom area with dressing room and bathroom and a second smaller bedroom upstairs on a mezzanine, with balcony or terrace. Situated on the sea side of the hotel. Sleeps 2 adults + 3 children or 4 adults.
A 120m², large suite with a large double bed, bathroom with bath and separate shower, living area with chairs and a sofa bed. Situated on the sea side of the hotel with a large covered balcony and sunloungers. This room is on the first floor. Please note: there is only one of this room type.
The Cape Verde Experience has UK exclusivity on the Suite Palmier.
Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.
Seafood & cocktails
White sand beaches and turquoise sea.
Principally a beach resort with long stretches of white sand and an abundance of water sports Sal is really an island for beach lovers as most of the island's sights and attractions can be seen in half a day.
By night, Santa Maria, the main tourist area in Sal boasts a lively atmosphere with a good choice of bars and restaurants.
Sal is the most developed of all the Cape Verde Islands in terms of tourism yet still has a very barren landscape. In the north of the island you will find a salt lake in an extinct volcano crater, an impressive sight. Marine life around the coast of Sal and the rest of the archipelago is high with countless species including flamboyant tropical fish, dolphins and turtles.
Live music plays a huge part in Cape Verdean culture and is often performed live in various bars in Santa Maria during the evening. This is a unique experience and one not to be missed.
A large percentage of visitors come to Sal for the water sports and it's hardly surprising. Sal's long sandy beaches and turquoise water make a wonderful playground for water sports enthusiasts. It is also the perfect place for relaxing in the sun and enjoying long walks along the coastline. Sal is considered to be amongst the world's top five windsurfing locations so it is not uncommon to see bright coloured sails dotted about the ocean. Kite surfing, diving and deep-sea fishing are also very big on Sal. There are plenty of places to hire equipment, have lessons and organise trips.
Santa Maria beach on Sal is simply stunning, offering four and a half miles of golden white sand. You can always find your own piece of paradise here, whether it be enjoying long romantic strolls along the shoreline and relaxing into the pure peacefulness, or hunting out the excellent water sports that the waters provides the perfect playground for.
The following are just a couple of festivals that take place on Sal:
Nossa Sra. De Piedade (Our Lady of Pity) 15th August - Mass, processions, swimming contests and music festival on beach with local musicians.
Santa Maria Festival (Municipality Day) 16th & 17th September - Music festival
It's important to remember that tourism is still very much in its infancy in Cape Verde. There's ongoing development on the islands, so you may see and hear building works, so if there's work taking place in or next to your chosen hotel, we will advise if you we think it will affect your holiday. You may also encounter locals selling paintings and handicrafts, however they're quite harmless.
With constant breezes the Islands don't disappoint for windsurfing holidays and the keenest windsurfer can pretty well count on being able to windsurf every day; however the seas and wind dictate that you need a fairly high level of competence and experience.
Due to their position within the winter tradewind belt, the Cape Verde Islands boast near perfect wind conditions from late November to June and so the Island of Sal has been a popular haven for windsurfing holidays for years.
On Sal, the main area for windsurfing is at the southern end of the island in Santa Maria. The bay here has a white sandy beach stretching for approximately 4km with a steep sand entry in parts.
For the more experienced, seeking the rush of some serious wave riding then a visit to Punta Preta, on the rougher west side, is a must. Waves here can reach up to 8ft running onto a stony shore break.
The Cape Verde Islands are a diver's paradise with wrecks to explore, rich tropical underwater flora and a massive array of fish including shoals of rockfish and bream, dolphins, turtles and sharks.
Cat sharks are frequently seen and with some luck you can also observe tiger sharks, lemon sharks, hammer-head sharks and mako sharks.
We are pleased to offer diving with Cabo Verde Diving based on the beach near the Meliá hotel in Santa Maria, Sal. Dives, courses and equipment hire can be arranged by your resort representatives or prior to your holiday.
Cabo Verde Diving offers dives every day in the morning and afternoon. Night dives and dive packages (6 or more dives) can also be arranged.
The location we visited in Sal was one of the best we have ever visited and lived up to all the brochure promises.
Mr Lorimer – Guest - Hotel Morabeza